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Wanda Diamond League announces new provisional 2020 calendar

13 May 2020 10:14
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Wanda Diamond League announces new provisional 2020 calendar

MONACO. KAZINFORM The Wanda Diamond League announced a shortened, provisional calendar for late summer and autumn 2020. Several events will be rescheduled, others cancelled as organisers continue to adapt the season in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

In recent weeks, the Wanda Diamond League has been forced to suspend a number of its meetings as a result of health and logistical concerns brought about by the global coronavirus crisis, the World Atheltics official website reads.

The meeting organisers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics have remained committed to staging competitions athletes can compete in and fans can enjoy as soon as the global pandemic allows.

With this in mind – and with an eye on the range of pandemic-related restrictions currently in place across the world – the decision has been made to propose an alternative calendar for the 2020 season.

This provisional calendar will see a number of Wanda Diamond League meetings go ahead as one-off exhibition events, while others will be staged as adapted Wanda Diamond League meetings. There will be no events in July and the first half of August (other than national championships where possible), and the season will instead be extended into October.

The 2020 Wanda Diamond League will not be a structured series of events leading to a final as is usually the case. Given the current discrepancies in training and travel opportunities, it would be impossible to ensure a level playing field and a fair qualification system during 2020. Athletes will therefore not earn Diamond League points this season, and there will not be a single, 24-discipline final in Zurich as originally planned.

The uncertainty over future government restrictions and timings in the different host countries requires flexibility and adaptability on the part of meeting organisers when planning, staging and offering competition opportunities to athletes.

Each meeting organiser will review and announce the format of their competition and which disciplines are included two months before the event takes place so they can work with the prevailing conditions set by their governments.

This two-month window will also help to give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition. Some meeting organisers might choose to stage their events in innovative, alternative formats and/or under social distancing regulations.


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